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A great player’s farewell is handled with respect and common sense

When coach Brendon McCullum flew over from New Zealand to tell Jimmy Anderson, England’s most successful Test bowler that his time was up, it was a tribute to both parties. That Anderson had the intensity to keep going and needed a tap on the shoulder spoke for his competitive spirit.That McCullum flew nearly 18,000 kilometres to speak to the player told us of the kind of coach he is and suggested one of the reasons for England’s success under the great communicator.Contrast this with how the Indian administration has sometimes handled such issues. When the team was returning from the 1979 tour of England, the pilot on the flight announced that skipper Venkatraghavan had just been sacked. This was the first Venkatraghavan was hearing of it.Fantastic figuresAnderson, who will be 42 in Ju...
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Jimmy Anderson | A great player’s farewell is handled with respect and common sense

File picture of England bowler James Anderson celebrating a wicket at Lord’s Cricket Ground | Photo Credit: Getty Images When coach Brendon McCullum flew over from New Zealand to tell Jimmy Anderson, England’s most successful Test bowler, that his time was up, it was a tribute to both parties. That Anderson had the intensity to keep going and needed a tap on the shoulder spoke for his competitive spirit.That McCullum flew nearly 18,000 kilometres to speak to the player told us of the kind of coach he is and suggested one of the reasons for England’s success under the great communicator. ALSO READ | Will leave a huge hole: Stuart Broad on England’s bowling attack after James Anderson’s retirementContrast this with how the Indian administration has sometimes handled such issues. When the...
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Jimmy Anderson asked to retire by England coach Brendon McCullum: Report

England’s record wicket-taker in Test cricket, James Anderson is set to call it quits from the longest format this summer after England’s Test head coach Brendon McCullum told him that the team was looking to make changes. As per The Guardian, McCullum made a visit to the UK from New Zealand to personally convey the message to the 41-year-old seamer that the Test team is looking to incorporate changes for the coming future. According to the England daily, the management is looking towards the Ashes 2025/26 series down under and doesn’t see Anderson making the cut for the same. The only seamer to claim 700 Test wickets – a milestone he crossed during this year’s five-match Test series in India – Anderson has been short on wickets and conceded big in his recent outings. Playing during the...
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The Sanju Samson journey: Kerala’s own cult hero – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On April 8, 2008, Sanju Samson, a slender 14-year-old, was curled up on his hotel room bed watching Brendon McCullum of the Kolkata Knight Riders deliver an explosive 158 off 73 balls against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the inaugural IPL match.That rainy evening in Kottayam, a town in central Kerala, left a lasting impact on him.Sanju shifted his career aspirations from pursuing a path as a civil servant to joining the prestigious world of professional cricket."Sanju always recollects that day, which gave him the dream of reaching that league of top players one day," said former Kerala player Raiphi Vincent Gomez, also a close friend of the wicketkeeper batter.But merely having a dream will not take anyone to the top of their profession, more so in sports.Sanju then ha...